16 Sep 09 The Forks Fall Foliage Forecast
It was a rainy summer here in Maine, but all that rain has an upside folks planning a fall New England Vacation. We’re not at peak yet, but give us a few weeks. We’ll keep an eye on the trees and let you know what’s happening.
Bill Ostrofsky, a forest pathologist with the Maine Forest Service was asked by mainefoliage.com what we can expect for fall color this year: "Good foliage development is a prerequisite for good fall color. The plentiful summer rain allowed the foliage to develop vigorously, and most crowns now appear full, dense, and very lush. All regions appear to be on track for another spectacular season."
Now that’s what we like to hear! There’s nothing like whitewater rafting New England style to the backdrop of orange and red maples, bright yellow birch, deep green balsam. And when we’re playing on land not water, the ATV trails and hiking trails just glow gold when we travel them.
We expect the first weekend of October to be peak color here in The Forks and that heppens to coincide with Octoberfest and the season’s final dam release on The Dead River! A perfect time for a long weekend Maine family vacation!